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Rogers now hijacks, profits from failed DNS lookups

This is what Rogers customers will now be faced with when a DNS lookup fails in their browser. This includes subdomains of existing domains. Just another entry on the long list of Rogers' poor decisions.

 

Rogers has included an option for turning off this "Supported Search Result" page, but it is cookie based. When it is disabled, you will still be accessing a rogers.com URL, for example www20.search.rogers.com/not_found. Users of Firefox or browsers other than Internet Explorer will notice broken images and troubleshooting steps that aren't even applicable.

 

While some sites are reporting that this is a result of Rogers utilizing DPI (deep packet inspection), it is in reality far less sinister, with Rogers' DNS servers being the culprit:

 

>nslookup what.the.fuck

Server: dns.rnc.net.cable.rogers.com

Address: 64.71.255.198

 

Name: what.the.fuck

Addresses: 8.15.7.107, 63.251.179.17, 65.200.200.47

 

>nslookup doesntexist.google.com

Server: dns.rnc.net.cable.rogers.com

Address: 64.71.255.198

 

Name: doesntexist.google.com

Addresses: 8.15.7.107, 63.251.179.17, 65.200.200.47

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Taken on July 19, 2008